German Potatoes

German Potatoes

Japanese style German potatoes is a very popular dish in Japan that can be found in most izakaya establishments. Japanese people love potatoes and have come up with some creative ways to introduce them into every day meals. I’m using Yukon gold’s for this recipe because they’re my absolute favorite. I like their sweetness and creaminess and the fact that this potato can stand on its own, without extra flavoring. The bacon adds saltiness while the combination of butter and soy makes it classically Japanese, as it is often used in many of their dishes. Serve these German style potatoes with a simple chicken ponzu or a terrific chicken adobo.


German style potatoes

Japanese german potatoes with bacon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Cuisine: Japanese, German


  • 2 potatoes (such as Yukon gold)
  • 1 small onion (sliced into half moons)
  • 3 stalks scallions (roughly chopped)
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 slices bacon (chopped bite size)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • freshly ground black pepper (to taste)


  1. Peel and cut the potatoes into medium size sticks (about the size of your finger). Add 3 tablespoons of oil to a medium/large size pan (about 1/4 of an inch). Wait until the oil is very hot (about 320 degrees) and add the potatoes. Fry each side for about 3-4 minutes, until they’re golden brown. Take the potatoes out and rest them on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  2. Cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes, until golden brown.
  3. In another medium size pan over medium heat, add 1 tbsp oil. Add the onions and scallions, and cook for 3 minutes. Add the bacon and cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the potatoes, cook for a minutes and turn off the heat. Add butter, toss and plate. Pour soy sauce over the potatoes, season with freshly ground black pepper and serve.


  • Calories: 354
  • Saturated Fat: 3
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